The Big Lesson Essay

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A lot of stories have a central theme or message that is shaped by the words surrounding it. The lesson could be depressing, funny, or serious. It never really matters, but a moral is a lesson to be learned from a story or event. The moral may be left to the hearer, reader or viewer to determine for themselves, or may be explicitly encapsulated in a maxim. The mariner is cursed with a lifelong penance after he killed the Albatross. He has to feel a pain in his chest that becomes unbearable until he sees a certain soul that is the right one to tell to. No matter what. In the long poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge has three lessons about human life and they are ...view middle of the document...

The mariner, under unknown reasons, shoots down the bird and immediately, his crew starts going into hysterics claiming that he has cursed them all. The mariner says “and I had done a hellish thing, and it would work ‘em woe” (part two, line 91). Immediately, a fog and mist surrounds the boat. The curse had begun. He obviously didn't intend to bring about drought and death to the crew, but he thought they could do without this bird whose arrival happened to coincide with a lot of good luck. His pride got the better of him.
The final message that Coleridge conveys in “Rime” is suffering and how is can change for the good. After his crew dies and his boat is pretty much stranded in one spot in the ocean, the mariner starts to question why he wasn’t allowed to die. He is thirsty and he has to spend his days being haunted at night and forced to stay awake. The mariner sees animals at sea and blesses the creatures in the sea and somehow the curse is lifted. The suffering is over! This theme helps us realize that all of nature’s...

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